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Thoughts on the Death of Google Reader

As many of our readers will know by now, Google is killing their RSS Reader application on July 1. When I read this terrible, awful, abominable news, my jaw literally dropped to the ground. Google Reader has been a staple in my tech life since its inception in 2005.  How could Google take away a service that I use almost as often as GMail?

Here’s Google’s explanation:

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.